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Democracy at the Point of Bayonets

by Mark Peceny Penn State University Press (September 22, 1999)

No country has worked harder to coerce others to adopt liberal institutions than the United States. This book examines the promotion of democracy during U.S. military interventions in the twentieth century,...

Democratic Philosophy and the Politics of Knowledge

by Richard T. Peterson Penn State University Press (August 06, 1996)

Debates over postmodernism, analyses of knowledge and power, and the recurring issue of Heidegger's Nazism have all deepened questions about the relation between philosophy and the social roles of intellectuals....

Imagining the American Polity

by John G. Gunnell Penn State University Press (January 06, 2004)

Americans have long prided themselves on living in a country that serves as a beacon of democracy to the world, but from the time of the founding they have also engaged in debates over what the criteria for...

The Great Gap

by Merike Blofield Penn State University Press (November 20, 2011)

The relationship between socioeconomic inequality and democratic politics has been one of the central questions in the social sciences from Aristotle on. Recent waves of democratization, combined with deepened...

The Athenian Republic

by Raphael Sealey Penn State University Press (October 01, 1990)

This book traces continuity in the development of the Athenian constitution, whereas previous studies have usually looked for catastrophic changes. Sealey selects three features of Athenian law which are important...

Deliberative Acts

by Arabella Lyon Penn State University Press (April 26, 2013)

The twenty-first century is characterized by the global circulation of cultures, norms, representations, discourses, and human rights claims; the arising conflicts require innovative understandings of decision...

Constitutive Visions

by Christa J. Olson Penn State University Press (November 15, 2013)

In Constitutive Visions, Christa Olson presents the rhetorical history of republican Ecuador as punctuated by repeated arguments over national identity. Those arguments—as they advanced theories of citizenship,...

A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century

by Luis Alberto Romero & James P. Brennan Penn State University Press (October 31, 2013)

A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century, originally published in Buenos Aires in 1994, attained instant status as a classic. Written as an introductory text for university students and the general public,...

Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation

by Christian Kock & Lisa Villadsen Penn State University Press (September 04, 2012)

Citizenship has long been a central topic among educators, philosophers, and political theorists. Using the phrase “rhetorical citizenship” as a unifying perspective, Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation...

The Australian Citizens’ Parliament and the Future of Deliberative Democracy

by Lyn Carson, John Gastil, Janette Hartz-Karp & Ron Lubensky Penn State University Press (August 26, 2013)

Growing numbers of scholars, practitioners, politicians, and citizens recognize the value of deliberative civic engagement processes that enable citizens and governments to come together in public spaces and...

Trust, Democracy, and Multicultural Challenges

by Patti Tamara Lenard Penn State University Press (April 10, 2012)

Banning minarets by referendum in Switzerland, publicly burning Korans in the United States, prohibiting kirpans in public spaces in Canada—these are all examples of the rising backlash against diversity that...

The Time of Popular Sovereignty

by Paulina Ochoa Espejo Penn State University Press (April 20, 2011)

Democracy is usually conceived as based on self-rule or rule by the people, and it is this which is taken to ground the legitimacy of the democratic form of government. But who constitutes the people? Democratic...

Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power in Mexico

by Andrew Selee Penn State University Press (May 31, 2011)

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many countries in Latin America freed themselves from the burden of their authoritarian pasts and developed democratic political systems. At the same time, they...

Deepening Local Democracy in Latin America

by Benjamin Goldfrank Penn State University Press (March 04, 2011)

The resurgence of the Left in Latin America over the past decade has been so notable that it has been called “the Pink Tide.” In recent years, regimes with leftist leaders have risen to power in Argentina,...

Rural Protest and the Making of Democracy in Mexico, 1968–2000

by Dolores Trevizo Penn State University Press (April 27, 2011)

When the PRI fell from power in the elections of 2000, scholars looked for an explanation. Some focused on international pressures, while others pointed to recent electoral reforms. In contrast, Dolores Trevizo...

Sustaining Civil Society

by Philip Oxhorn Penn State University Press (November 15, 2011)

“South America is not the poorest continent in the world, but it may very well be the most unjust.” This statement by Ricardo Lagos, then president of Chile, at the Summit of the Americas in January 2004...

Empathy and Democracy

by Michael E. Morrell Penn State University Press (April 05, 2010)

Democracy harbors within it fundamental tensions between the ideal of giving everyone equal consideration and the reality of having to make legitimate, binding collective decisions. Democracies have granted...

Post-transitional Justice

by Cath Collins Penn State University Press (July 30, 2010)

Latin America is still dealing with the legacy of terror and torture from its authoritarian past. In the years after the restoration of democratic governments in countries where violations of human rights were...

In the Name of Reason

by Patricio Silva Penn State University Press (January 13, 2009)

The major role played by a technocratic elite in Chilean politics was perhaps most controversial when the “Chicago Boys” ran the economic program of Augusto Pinochet’s military regime from 1973 to 1990....

Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies

by Vicki L. Birchfield Penn State University Press (January 27, 2009)

There has been much concern about rising levels of income inequality in the societies of advanced industrial democracies. Commentators have attributed this increase to the impact of globalization, the decline...

The Illusion of Civil Society

by Jon Shefner Penn State University Press (November 14, 2008)

Much has been written about how civil society challenges authoritarian governments and helps lead the way to democratization. These studies show that neoliberal economic policies have harmed many sectors of...

The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society

by Dennis C. Rasmussen Penn State University Press (March 24, 2008)

Adam Smith is popularly regarded as the ideological forefather of laissez-faire capitalism, while Rousseau is seen as the passionate advocate of the life of virtue in small, harmonious communities and as a sharp...

Democratic Professionalism

by Albert W. Dzur Penn State University Press (March 28, 2008)

Bringing expert knowledge to bear in an open and deliberative way to help solve pressing social problems is a major concern today, when technocratic and bureaucratic decision making often occurs with little...

Democratization Without Representation

by Kenneth C. Shadlen Penn State University Press (July 06, 2004)

When countries become more democratic, new opportunities arise for individuals and groups to participate in politics and influence the making of policy. But democratization does not ensure better representation...

Collective Dreams

by Keally D. McBride Penn State University Press (June 15, 2005)

How do we go about imagining different and better worlds for ourselves? Collective Dreams looks at ideals of community, frequently embraced as the basis for reform across the political spectrum, as the predominant...

Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice

by Kok-Chor Tan Penn State University Press (December 19, 2000)

The "comprehensive liberalism" defended in this book offers an alternative to the narrower "political liberalism" associated with the writings of John Rawls. By arguing against making tolerance as fundamental...

The Platonic Political Art

by John R. Wallach Penn State University Press (January 10, 2001)

In this first comprehensive treatment of Plato’s political thought in a long time, John Wallach offers a "critical historicist" interpretation of Plato. Wallach shows how Plato’s theory, while a radical...

Kant’s Political Theory

by Elisabeth Ellis Penn State University Press (July 31, 2012)

Past interpreters of Kant’s thought seldom viewed his writings on politics as having much importance, especially in comparison with his writings on ethics, which (along with his major works, such as the Critique...

Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics

by Damien Smith Pfister Penn State University Press (November 04, 2014)

In Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics, Damien Pfister explores communicative practices in networked media environments, analyzing, in particular, how the blogosphere has changed the conduct and coverage of...

Jean Jaurès

by Geoffrey Kurtz Penn State University Press (August 28, 2014)

Jean Jaurès was a towering intellectual and political leader of the democratic Left at the turn of the twentieth century, but he is little remembered today outside of France, and his contributions to political...


by Guillaume Ansart Penn State University Press (May 09, 2012)

Condorcet (1743–1794) was the last of the great eighteenth-century French philosophes and one of the most fervent américanistes of his time. A friend of Franklin, Jefferson, and Paine and a member of the...